Friday, September 2, 2011

Farmers Wife Friday - The Book Week Edition

I always approach the kids' annual Book Week parade with a range of emotions :)

On the one hand, they love to dress up, and it can be fun to pull a costume together (when it all goes to plan, that is!) On the other hand, it can be a bit stressful when one of the kids can't decide who they want to dress up as, and the parade gets closer and closer, and a decision doesn't.

Merryn's was a bit of a no-brainer...

...thanks to this gorgeous ladybird outfit that she received for her birthday this year (thanks Aunty Leisa!). I knew that Eric Carle had written a book about a ladybird, so a visit to the library was in order to check it out. I thought it was "The Very Lazy Ladybird", but bad-tempered was also a pretty good fit...LOL

Lydia's costume...not so easy. Every suggestion she came up with was an animal...and fur can be a bit tricky to acheive, especially with a limited time frame! So we visited some op shops, and came home inspired!

Little Red Riding Hood's granny! I whipped up the night cap at 7am this morning, and managed to break my 1/4 inch foot in the process...which will teach me for being too lazy to swap it :)

So a visit to my local sewing shop, and I was ready for Farmers Wife Friday!

I laid out all my blocks to get a feel for what colours I might use...

...and decided on an aqua infusion :) Block number 18 is called Century of Progress, and came together quite nicely. I love how, if you look closely, you can see a square in the centre.

Block number 17 is Cats and Mice, and left me feeling a little...overwhelmed?
There are 29 seperate pieces in this block! I was thinking that was quite a lot, until I flicked over the book pages a little...Block 22 has 51 pieces...EEEEEEEKKKK!

Now I'm feeling just a little scared :)

Happy Friday to you!

TTFN xxx


A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Yay for Book Week - I miss all that fun! Love this years costumes - most inspired choices.

Your Farmers Wife blocks are so pretty - and all so varied!

Hope said...

The blocks look great all laid out together. Love the pink and aqua one you just did.

How on earth did you break your 1/4 inch foot? I've managed to forget to change my needle position twice in the past couple of weeks, and because of this broken two needles and put a nice little dent in mine, but can't imagine how I could break it.

Sewandthecity said...

Oh wow, how nice, I have never heard of Book Week but sounds great fun and together with dressing up…How creative of your daughter to choose the Granny rather than the Little Red Riding Hood…I think that’s very cool. Shame for your foot though!
Oh the quilt, I have no words for the quilt…all the blocks look so nice and it seems that you had to sew little pieces together – scary! I admire your skills and also the patience to make so many little blocks…I would have probably given up on the fifth one :-) Correction – I wouldn’t have been able to make even five of those blocks. They are lovely!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

Love the granny custome. Great job on that cap... it is perfect.

I just adore your FWQAL blocks. They are so bright and cheery.
~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 

Cathy said...

oh they look great!

and the ladybug is so cute!

Tracey said...

Love the costumes. My sons school cancelled book week parade... on one hand I was happy but then I kind of missed all the fun and seeing them dressed up.
I love your blocks but I am so glad I decided not to do it.
Love me :-)

Linda said...

Oh wow the costumes are great and a broken 1/4inch foot oh no. Glad to see you were quick to get a new one and your blocks look amazing and i can only say that i am now glad that i didn't start, it may just have done my head in.

Lisa Leggett said...

Your girls are adorable! I always loved book week when I was in school. Ok, I have a secret to tell you, shhh... there are a lot of these Farmers Wife quilts floating around the blog-o-sphere lately, and I have to tell you that... yours is the best!! I love all the light and happy fabrics you're choosing, Suz - they're terrific. How big will your finished quilt be, do you think?